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Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa wins €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award

Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa won the International Dublin Literary Award worth €100,000 for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion translated from Portuguese to English by Daniel Hahn. The shortlist included Nigerian writer Chinelo Okparanta for her book Under the Udala Tree. Agualusa was on the longlist alongside 147 other writers. We congratulate Agualusa and wish him the best in his literary career.

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Nigerian churches and their role in encouraging patriarchy

“In Christ there is no male or female,” but in many churches across Africa gender inequality is the norm, which is often justified. The church has become a tool which engenders gender segregation, in support of patriarchy. Rape in marriages is hardly addressed, and women are taught to be submissive in marriage. Are churches guilty as charged? How should some of these teachings be challenged and changed? Let’s hear your thoughts on this issue.

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Ghanaian, Ugandan and Kenyan tech-entrepreneurs receive King Baudouin Foundation Awards

The recent news of Ugandan innovator Kabwama Leonard Alvin who got a training opportunity at NASA has been followed with another positive story on the strides of African tech-entrepreneurs. Three African tech-entrepreneurs, Gerald Abila of BarefootLaw (Uganda), Alloysius Attah, founder of Farmerline (Ghana) and Tonee Ndungu of Kytabu (Kenya) have each been awarded €75,000 for the King Baudouin African Development Prize awards.

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Khadija Saye: rising 24 year-old Gambian artist loses life in Grenfell fire

The Grenfell Tower fire is definitely a tragedy, which has taken the lives of many people including emerging and talented Gambian artist Khadija Saye. The tragedy has claimed 79 people so far, among them Khadija and her mother who lived on the 20th floor of the building. Khadija’s work is currently exhibited at the Venice Biennale and had attracted a number of top gallery directors. Her death at the age of 24 is a painful loss considering how she portrayed the Wolof culture in her works.